Influential DC-area evangelical leader Bishop Harry Jackson Jr. dies

Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, died Monday morning.

CBN News learned of Jackson’s passing from some of his closest friends, including Alveda King – niece of Dr. Martin Luther King.

A statement from the church reads: “It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that our beloved Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr. transitioned to be with the Lord on November 9, 2020. Information on the memorial service will be forthcoming. . Please pray for the comfort of the Jackson family and respect their right to privacy at this time.”

Bishop was the founder and chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition (HILC) which educates and empowers church leaders on ways to improve their communities.

He has written several books, including High Impact African American Churches, co-authored with George Barna, and was nominated in 2005 for the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

His latest book, You Were Born for More, was published in 2013.

Bishop Jackson was a strong advocate for the faith and biblical principles in politics – often appearing on Christian newscasts and television shows – including CBN News and The 700 Club.

Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Williams College, then earned a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Bishop Jackson was an evangelical counselor to President Trump and was a guest at the White House on numerous occasions. Here is a link to a prayer he prayed while joining President Trump at the start of the pandemic.

And here’s a look at one of his CBN News appearances in 2019 after another visit to the White House with downtown faith leaders.

Please continue to keep Bishop Jackson’s family in your prayers during this difficult time.

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